Aston Villa secure their return to English Premier League

Aston Villa will play in the English Premier League next season after beating Derby in what has been described as ‘the richest game in football’.

Villa secured promotion after goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn earned them a 2-1 win in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley.

The Birmingham club were the better side for much of the game, taking the lead on the stroke of half-time through man of the match El Ghazi, before a howler from Derby ‘keeper Kelle Roos gifted them a second after the break.

A nervous Prince William, who has previously declared himself a Villa fan, joined the 88,826 crowd to watch the team stage their return to the top flight of English football.

Villa captain Jack Grealish said: ‘I’m speechless. It was such a hard game, but when I look around and I’ve got John, Anwar I believe.

‘It means the world to go up, we know where this club belongs. I’ve stayed here and we’re back there now. I’ve led my boyhood team to the Premier League.’

Villa join Norwich City and Sheffield United, who secured automatic promotion to the league.

Aston Villa will reportedly pocket at least £170 million after their win, including a cash boost of £95 million just for playing in the Premier League, and parachute payments of £75 million – paid out over the next two years.

That amount could rise further should Villa manage to stay up next season.

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